Video of a Baby Calf being Born – September 2014

There are miracles happening around us every day.  Some times we get to take a moment to sit and watch them happen.  Yesterday I was able to witness such a miracle, the miracle of birth.

Cow 29T is acting like she is ready to give birth, or better known as "calve". Mama Cow 29T was in a shady spot behind the house acting “calve”.  I was checking cows and noticed her right away.  Her tail was in the air, she was restless and she was urinating frequently.   She was in the spot I remember her calving at last year and like last year the rest of the herd were in the same area.  This is  unusual for beef cattle.  They tend to go to their own spot in the pasture to have their babies.

 

Cow 29T lays down to begin th process of having her calf. eThe longer I watched I began to see the signs that yes indeed she was VERY close to having her baby, so I parked the John Deere Gartor close by and made myself comfortable.  I snapped pictures and then changed the mode on my Canon Rebel T2i to video.  Here is what I captured.

 

The other mama cows in the picture were starting to move and I was worried they might step on the new calf, so I stopped recording so that I would move them away.

After baby is born cow 29T licks it dry/clean.  She began to lick him off as soon as she could stand up and get to him.  Amazing that they know exactly what to do!  Amazing that their bodies do exactly what is needs to do.  Amazing the miracle of life!

 

106-001This is the picture that I shared on the Country LINKed FaceBook page yesterday asking if anyone wanted to see video and you all did!  More to come on how this little guy and his mama are doing.  For now enjoy watching a baby calf being born!

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

There is Joy in Sharing

Recently Missouri Farmer Today came for a visit to our farm.  They were looking for a woman who is active on the farm.  They were given my name as someone who may be willing to speak with them.  To say the least I was surprised.  Very surprised!  You see, I don’t label myself a Farmer or even a FarmHer.  I see myself as a farm gal who does what needs to be done, when it needs doing and in turn, try and share what it is we do with readers of this blog.

When the story came out last Friday I was again surprised, but pleased with the article and the title, “Joy of Sharing“.  I never know how I come across to others and hoped that my love of the farm and my passion for sharing our farm story came through.   So, thank you Benjamin Herrold, for your visit and your story not only about our farm, but also about women farmers and how we are an important and growing trend in the world of agriculture.

Four Daughters

As the article mentioned, I am one of four daughters.  FOUR GIRLS born and raised on a hog, row crop, and hay farm in north central Missouri.  Mom was a city girl who would come to the country to visit her grandparents’ farm and would attend church where my dad and his family were also members.

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After getting married, it was off to Vietnam for dad and a new home for mom.  A few years later dad was safe and sound farming at home and mom was busy taking care of us girls.  She used to sew for us and made all of our pretty little dresses.  (Yes, we wore dresses)

From the beginning they raised hogs.  At first the sows (mama pigs) had all of their babies in small individual huts and pens outside.  Over the years buildings were built and the sows moved indoors to have their babies.  I still remember how big I thought the mama sows looked when I was little and that we would sit in the wagon and hold the runts as they were being moved to the nursery.  On shipping day we would go early in the morning to the finishing floor to watch the “fat” hogs being sorted out and loaded on to the truck.  As I got older, I helped with the sorting and loading.

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My sisters and I were the hay crew in the summer.  The barn washers in the winter and sometimes even the field crew in the fall.  Don’t get me wrong, we still were able to participate in 4-H, FFA, school organizations, and sports, but when there was work to be done, you did the work first.  Being involved in 4-H we all spent time showing livestock.  We showed pigs, of course, but we also had our own heard of Hampshire sheep.
Then in high school, two of us also decided to show cattle.  Showing livestock was a passion of mine.  Did not matter what species, I wanted to show, care for and display my livestock at the county, area and state fairs.

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In college I majored in Ag Education thinking I would one day be a teacher and FFA adviser.  Lets just say as much as I loved being in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at Mizzou, I did not excel in my ag classes.  This was hard for me.  I really thought I knew what I was doing and what my future was.  Then I met a boy and put my future in the hands of God and have not looked back since.  Seth is a year older than me and when he graduated from college, he already had a trainee position with a feedlot in Texas.  Have you ever tried to plan a wedding while living almost 600 miles away from your Fiance?  We did it and at times I think it was easier; all he had to do was show up at the right time on the right day.

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After living in Texas for a year and Kansas for six, we have now been back in Missouri for almost six years.  We knew that the farm was the place we would one day be and because again we left the “plan” up to someone else, it happened.  Seth and I had only been dating a few months when I brought him home to meet the parents and I showed him one of the farms.  I told him then I would someday live here and lo and behold here we are.

Four sistersI am sure raising four girls was not easy.  I am even more positive that raising four girls on a hog farm when the market dropped in the 80’s and again in the 90’s was not easy.  We made it work though and no one ever went without.  We were taught to work hard, and given that we were girls, were taught that we COULD do the work.  Oh sure, there were jobs we did not like doing and some of us could get out of those jobs (Jody), but at the end of the day I think we will all say that growing up on the farm made us confident, hardworking, dependable and trustworthy individuals.

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Now I have two young girls who I am raising on the farm.  They are both unique and different in their own ways.  One is tall and lanky and smart as a whip.  The other is a ball of fire and already as strong as an ox.  Together they are best friends and each other’s favorite playmate.  Together they show me every day that what I do is more important than what I say.  If I say, “time to do chores,” but I never go out and help, that shows them that as a mom I don’t do that type of work.  If I say, “it is time for chores everyone,” and go out and help and spend time with them, that shows that as a mom I enjoy being with them and that we all have to do our share on the farm.

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As our farming story continues, I hope you have realized that the joy I have in sharing comes from a life time of being on the farm.

Blessings to you and farm women everywhere,

Laurie – Country Link

 

My View

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This was my view this morning.  Beautiful.  To me that is.  To others it may not be and that is fine.  They have their own view that they think is beautiful.  Each day I am blessed to be able to look out at my view, take a step outside, breath in the fall air and say, “Thank you”.

Thank you for what?  For another day on this earth.  For a husband who loves me and children who need me.  For the wind and the rain and the sun and the moon.  For the talents God has given me.  For the crops and the livestock.  For family and friends.  For a roof over my head and food on my table.

There are things that make us unhappy, sad and even mad.  These things can only do that if we choose to let them do so.  So today I chose to look out at my view and remember that, “Every morning I wake up knowing that I am truly blessed and right where God planned for me to be.” 

No matter what is happening in the world, country, your state or your home town; say a thank you for yet another day and a view to look at.

Blessings to you,

Laurie – Country Link

Farm Picture Friday #24

Farm Picture Friday #24

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; at time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

Blessings to you and the ranchers of South Dakota,

Laurie – Country Link

*For more information on what occurred in South Dakota, please click HERE.